Gold Pages cover features painting by history-inspired artist
By Andrew J. Concatelli - ReminderNews Assistant Editor
Region - posted Mon., Dec. 3, 2012
Artist Christopher Gurshin gets his inspiration from the architecture and history found in old New England towns, which is why he feels at home in Glastonbury. The Marblehead, Mass., native moved to the area in 2003, and soon after that translated his first impressions and feelings about the town into the acrylic on stretched canvas piece, “Glastonbury Connecticut.” Part of that painting – originally 24-inches by 36-inches – will be featured on the front cover of the Reminder Gold Pages’ new directory, which will be distributed to homes and businesses in Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hebron, Marlborough and Moodus.
“I felt very happy to move here,” Gurshin said of his adopted hometown of Glastonbury. “It has lots of pre-Revolutionary houses… It makes me feel like I’ve got a touch of Marblehead, which I still miss. It’s the influence of the architecture and the old buildings which make an impression in you.”
Gurshin has been in this business since 1966. He sold his first pieces of artwork in Essex, Mass., and he has appreciated art since he was as young as 5 years old. “Back in my grammar school days, I remember looking at Norman Rockwell paintings and wondering how to do them,” he said. “I majored in art in high school, then tried to get into art school and was rejected three times… I didn’t want to paint that weird stuff in those days - in the 1960s. I just wanted to do my own stuff.”
He describes his style of painting as a combination of traditional Americana, country and folk art. In addition to acrylics, he also occasionally works in oils and water colors, and creates ink drawing, pencil drawings, murals, and even decorates country accents like tins and small wooden houses. Gurshin works at his home studio and is mainly inspired by historic places – especially museums and the buildings of towns in New England.
“I get letters and e-mails all the time from people who love my work because it gives them a sense of contentment and ease in the way I express it. It’s a warm feeling, even if it’s a snowy scene,” Gurshin said.
The public may view his gallery by appointment only at 1313 Main St. Call 860-633-7707 to schedule a visit, and find more information at http://christophergurshin.com. The Wayside Inn (www.wayside.org) in Sudbury, Mass., sells his work, and Emmy Lou's, Ltd., in Glastonbury also has a selection, including prints and post cards of paintings like the new “Glastonbury Christmas.”
Gurshin and his wife live next to the Old Cider Mill, which he thought was an important symbol of the town to include in the piece on the Gold Pages cover. While it was inspired by the town, the painting is not strictly true-to-life, and Glastonbury residents may notice one peculiarity. “The church in the center of town is in the painting twice,” said Gurshin, explaining how he adjusted the town’s geography using his artistic license. “I also wanted to see a church steeple in the distance.”